3.75/5 ⭐️- “Lean on Pete” is a underrated little gem that was released earlier this year and sadly got nowhere near recouping it’s small 8 million dollar budget. The film follows Charley played by Charlie Plummer (“All the Money in The World”) in a breakout performance as a teenage who gets a summer job working for a horse trainer (Steve Buscemi) and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete. This was a complete emotional, touching and heartbreaking coming of age film. The movie unfolds at a nice brisk pace, slowly seeing Charley become his own man in front of our eyes. This is a very low key film that might not attract many viewers because of it, but it’s a film that should be given a chance as you will be left impacted by its powerful message which was fully immersive. The film has a lot to say about being neglected as we see this approach being taken in regards to Charley and Pete the horse. He is continuously let down by people who are meant to love him and take care of him, and the film doesn’t hold back with the cruelty real life can hit you with. The film offers a lot of realism in a gritty manner, more than some films dare to show but also showing a glimpse of hope to have us wanting to see it out till the end. The film is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime, and it’s a movie that despite its low key tale should be given a chance.
Plummer who I’ve seen in films before but was never impressed by, mesmerized me with his quiet but powerful performance. He is almost on the verge of an anti hero as he does certain things that aren’t good but you see he does them as a means of survival. Plummer tells so much with his his eyes, his gaunt face telling us he has endured so much pain in his short life. You find yourself rooting to see him catch a break and get a better end of the stick. He is a rising talent that people should surely keep an eye on. #LeanOnPete#BoysDontCry#45Years#AllTheMoneyInTheWorld#Fargo#BoardwalkEmpire#TheBigLebowski#Zodiac#AmericanHorrorStory#RaceHorse#Viking#Warcraft#UpstreamColor#BigLove#Bloodline#ShatteredGlass#Indie#GoldenExist#BillyMadison#HoraceAndPete#KingOfNewYork#Desperado#ReservoirDogs#PulpFiction#MonstersInc